FW/FYI:: : [Occupy Helena/IOH Discussion Listserve] : Official call for consensus by May 3rd re OH Strike Debt Work Groups; and May 4th "Strike Debt Helena MT" meeting reminder.

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From: ohdiscuss...@csatlevel4.net [mailto:ohdiscuss...@csatlevel4.net] On Behalf Of JE Siemers
Sent: Tuesday, April ,30,  2013 3:31 PM
To: OH
Subject: [Ohdiscuss1] Official call for consensus by May 3rd, and May 4th meeting reminder.

 

Hi OHers,  Just a reminder...

 

This is an official call for consensus of Occupy Helena to start a StrikeDebt chapter and move forward with our own local workgroup.  StrikeDebt is an offshoot of OWS.  Please respond by May 3rd.  Thanks so much for your participation in the next phase of the fight for economic justice for the 99%.

 

“1 in every 7 Americans is being pursued by a debt collector.”

 

OH is meeting Sat. mornings, 9:15AM, Red Atlas (off of Lundy Court) to explore and discuss StrikeDebt theory/actions as they relate to our community, and other economic issues, (i.e.sequestration).  The next meeting is May 4th

 

On April 25th, 2012

Student Loan Debt Reached

$1,000,000,000,000.00

 

Over the summer preparations will be made for presentations focused on Student Debt, Housing Debt, and Medical Debt.  We hope to take action in the fall by way of presentations, HCTV, letters, networking, and a Debt Assembly.   There is interest in taking part in the Rolling Jubilee project and to explore how to do a debt cancellation  action in our area.  The Jubilee project has made two debt buys so far and has cancelled one million dollars in debt.  A donation of $50 cancels $1,000 of debt.

 

 “We are not a loan. Strike Debt came from a coalition of Occupy groups looking to build popular resistance to all forms of debt imposed on us by the banks. Debt keeps us isolated, ashamed, and afraid. We are building a movement to challenge this system while creating alternatives and supporting each other. We want an economy where our debts are to our friends, families, and communities — and not to the 1%.” http://strikedebt.org/


 

 

From: ohdiscuss...@csatlevel4.net [mailto:ohdiscuss...@csatlevel4.net] On Behalf Of Francis Kromkowski
Sent: Monday, April 29, 2013 10:10 AM
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Subject: [Ohdiscuss1] 84 million US adults lack adequate health care coverage

 

84 million US adults lack adequate health care coverage http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/04/29/heal-a29.html

One-quarter of adults reported being unable to pay for basic necessities such as food, heat or rent due to medical costs.

84 million US adults lack adequate health care coverage

By Kate Randall
29 April 2013
 

 

 

From: ohdiscuss...@csatlevel4.net [mailto:ohdiscuss...@csatlevel4.net] On Behalf Of JE Siemers
Sent: Sunday, April 28, 2013 2:53 PM
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Subject: [Ohdiscuss1] Warning About Student Debt Risks

 

Financial Regulators To Warn About Student Debt Risks

…“The whole student loan problem is a problem that should be of deep concern to this body,” cautioned Richard Cordray, CFPB director, during testimony Tuesday before the Senate Banking Committee. “These are young people that we should care a great deal about.”

 

The CFPB estimates that Americans owe $1.1 trillion in outstanding student loans, exceeding credit card and car loans. Only home mortgages exceed education-related borrowings, Fed data show.

 

“They’re the ones with the ambition, aspirations and dreams, and they're getting saddled with debt that they don't understand,” Cordray said of student borrowers. “It's holding them back and it's making them unable to rise and succeed and become leaders in our society.”

 

Cordray added: “It's a significant problem and we're going to be doing everything that we can to address it at the [consumer] bureau.” …

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/23/student-debt-risks_n_3140898.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003&ir=College



 

 

From: ohdiscuss...@csatlevel4.net [mailto:ohdiscuss...@csatlevel4.net] On Behalf Of Francis Kromkowski
Sent: Friday, April 26, 2013 7:28 AM
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Subject: [Ohdiscuss1] Meet with us April 27, 9:15am at the Red Atlas ...re: Economic Justice and Resistance to Debt to Wall Street. Some Occupy Helena activists want to look into becoming a chapter of "Strike Debt" (an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street).

 


Strike Debt AND        http://occupyhelena.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/ohbanner-rp1.png

                     http://strikedebt.org/                                                                    http://www.occupyhelena.org/

 

The Occupy Wall Street Movement is about economic justice and resistance to Wall Street corporate greed.  The Occupy encampments and protests have raised the Nation’s awareness about our corrupt economic system (dominated by Wall Street corporate wheeler dealers) that is the root of many other injustices we, the 99%) face. 

 

And that economic system has not yet changed -- the banks (and the debt of ordinary people) have only grown larger.

As individuals, families, and communities, most of us are drowning in debt to Wall Street for the basic things we need to live, like housing, education, and health care. Even those of us who do not have personal debt are affected by predatory lending. Our essential public services are cut because our cities and towns are held hostage by the same big banks that have been bailed out by our government in recent years.

“Strike Debt”  is an offshoot of the  Occupy Wall Street movement that aims to help change this.

Some Occupy Helena activists want to help address the debt problems of the 99%  by  look into becoming a chapter of “Strike Debt.”

 

“Strike Debt” is an offshoot of OWS that intends to means to address our debt issues through community direct action (including the “Rolling Jubilee” – described below ) --  more about all of this below and at the websites listed below.

 

Are you, members of Occupy Helena, willing for this (becoming a chapter of “Strike Debt”) to happen?

 

 

 We need the consensus approval of Occupy Helena to go ahead with this.

 

A discussion about this will take place Sat. April 27th at 9:15am at the Red Atlas  (the back section of The Staggering Ox).  Let's also acknowledge May Day.

 

Please join us.

 

 

 

Strike Debt  materials we are studying  can be found at:

§  http://strikedebt.org/ and

§  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Strike-Debt/244850825627699

 

               

Debt is a tie that binds the 99%.

As individuals, families, and communities, most of us are drowning in debt to Wall Street for the basic things we need to live, like housing, education, and health care. Even those of us who do not have personal debt are affected by predatory lending. Our essential public services are cut because our cities and towns are held hostage by the same big banks that have been bailed out by our government in recent years.

We are not a loan. Strike Debt came from a coalition of Occupy groups looking to build popular resistance to all forms of debt imposed on us by the banks. Debt keeps us isolated, ashamed, and afraid. We are building a movement to challenge this system while creating alternatives and supporting each other. We want an economy where our debts are to our friends, families, and communities — and not to the 1%.

          Debt resistance is just the beginning. Join us as we imagine and create a new world based on the common good, not Wall Street profits.

Strike Debt emerged from a series of Occupy Wall Street/Occupy Theory open assemblies that began in May 2012 in NYC. We are spreading the word that debt is a global system of domination and exploitation of the 99% by the 1%. Strike Debt links diverse individuals and communities to resist the debt system.

Our initiatives include publishing The Debt Resistors’ Operations Manual and beginning the Rolling Jubilee.l, hosting teach-ins and debt assemblies, supporting the Occupy Student Debt Campaign‘s pledge of student debt refusal, and launching the Rolling Jubilee, a mutual aid project in which donors buy debt at steeply discounted prices and then abolish it. We are also planning creative direct actions across the country, ranging from symbolic debt burnings to targeted shutdowns of predatory lenders of all kinds.

Take action. Join the resistance.

 

 

The Rolling Jubilee  http://strikedebt.org/#initiatives

Strike Debt  buys debt for pennies on the dollar, but instead of collecting it, we abolish it. We cannot buy specific individuals' debt — instead, we help liberate debtors at random through a campaign of mutual support, good will, and collective refusal.

Strike Debt kicked off this effort on November 15 with The People's Bailout, a variety show and telethon in NYC,  http://www.lepoissonrouge.com/lpr_events/peoples-bailout/ All proceeds will go directly to buying people's debt and cancelling it.

 

 

The Debt Resistors' Operations Manual  http://strikedebt.org/#initiatives

 

This manual — written by an anonymous collective of resistors, defaulters, and allies from Strike Debt and Occupy Wall Street — aims to provide specific tactics for understanding and fighting against the debt system. You'll find detailed strategies and resources for dealing with credit card, medical, student, housing and municipal debt, tactics for navigating the pitfalls of personal bankruptcy, and information to help protect yourself from predatory lenders. Recognizing that individually we can only do so much to resist the system of debt, the manual also introduces ideas for those who have made the decision to take collective action.

 

Explore the creative ideas for debt resistance at the Strike Debt website and Facebook page and join us April 27, 9:15am at the Red Atlas. 

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Strike-Debt/244850825627699

 

 

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